I am looking for suggestions for a 7 string guitar. I'm trying to stay roughly near a 1k budget, but I am willing to continue saving if there are suggestions for higher-end guitars. I've been playing 6 string guitars (acoustic, electric, classical) for a number of years and am looking to expand my collection to include a 7 string guitar. As of recent, I mostly have been listening to metal / metalcore music and have been starting to listen to prog metal as well. Quite a few of these groups use 7 or 8 string guitars and I would like to start learning to play these types of songs. For play styles, I am trying to continue building both my rhythm and lead playing. I have a few requirements that I'm looking to fulfill: Ergonomic - I really like the idea of a multiscale guitar, I like the fanned frets. I also play my guitars in a classical sitting position. I played a .strandberg* today and really enjoyed how light the neck was and the position that I was able to hold the guitar while sitting without a foot stand. Multiscale - From my research, it seems like multiscale guitars provide good string tension for the lower strings while still maintaining playability for the higher strings. Locking Tuners - This isn't a strict requirement, but it's a feature I'd like to have. Ships to the USA. Does anyone have any suggestions for a guitar that meets these specs? I've done a ton of digging around and have found myself gravitating towards something like a Kiesel Vader, but I'm not entirely sure having an expensive custom head-less guitar is the best route for my 1st 7 string. Thanks everyone!